John J. Ngai, Ph.D.

Title
Professor
Department
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
Institution
University of California, Berkeley
Address
269 Life Sciences Addition-3200
City, State, Zip
Berkeley, CA 94720-3200
Phone
(510) 642-9885
E-mail
jngai[at]berkeley.edu
Website
http://mcb.berkeley.edu/labs/ngai/
Research Field
Neuroscience
Award Year
1994

Research

How does the olfactory apparatus of vertebrates detect and discriminate thousands of odors? Our approach to elucidating the mechanisms of olfactory discrimination involves the characterization of odorant receptors and the neural pathways that they activate. We are also interested in the developmental mechanisms responsible for specifying odorant receptor expression in olfactory neurons and the pathfinding of these cells’ axons to their appropriate targets. Finally, our lab is developing DNA microarray technologies to elucidate genome-wide patterns of gene expression in the nervous system.